AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Labor has added three sessions of its free course that educates employers and the public about regulations governing the workplace. The Laws Governing Workplace Rights classes are taught by staff of the Wage and Hour Division of the Bureau of Labor Standards.
The new times and locations are from 9:30 to 12:30 a.m. May 23, in Bangor; from 9 a.m. to noon June 10, in Wilton; and from 9 a.m.-noon June 19, in Augusta. The courses are free, but registration is required.
“I am glad to see business interest in these free classes,” said Gov. Paul R. LePage. “Understanding the law prevents businesses from making costly mistakes. This class helps Maine’s employers save time, money and aggravation when complying with state regulations.”
This course covers wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, severance pay, equal pay, leave requirements (family medical leave, family sick leave, and domestic violence) and break requirements. It also addresses commonly asked employment-related questions and participants have an opportunity to ask questions.
Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette said in a state press release, “The department wants to help Maine employers by giving them the answers before we give them the test. This course is designed for small business owners or staff who handle human resources and payroll functions. This is about education, not investigation.”
To register, call the Maine Department of Labor at 623-7900 or visit http://www.safetyworksmaine.
The Wage and Hour Division is Maine’s regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine’s workforce.